All of us at Terra Sig world headquarters are sending out hearty congratulations to the boys over at Deep Sea News – Peter Etnoyer, Craig McClain, and Kevin Zelnio – on the announcement of their September move to the Discovery Channel online.
I’ve had the good fortune of meeting all three gentlemen in person, even breaking bread with Craig. I can tell you that they are individually and collectively superb stewards of the deep sea and tireless promoters of conservation and habitat preservation. Best wishes to you fellas – we’ll miss you but we’ll keep reading (plus the Zelnio family is soon to become near-neighbors in meatspace).
On the other side of the coin, it’s great to have the very recent additions of Blake Stacey’s Science After Sunclipse and Matt Springer’s Built on Facts. Welcome, gentlemen.
But with the relocation of Deep Sea News, and with the earlier departure of the awe-inspiring Carl Zimmer, there exists an opportunity to add a greater dimension of diversity of person and voice to the ScienceBlogs consortium beyond having greater representation by aging white dudes. I claim no inside information as to the deliberations amongst our hosts and community managers at ScienceBlogs central in choosing or not choosing news blogs – after all, I was selected with little rhyme or reason and, sadly, I’m an aging white guy.
Beyond initial founding members like Janet Stemwedel and Tara Smith, I’m delighted by the last round of additions of female bloggers to the Sb stable. But now that we’ve added more underrepresented white men (albeit in the underrepresented topical area of physics), I wonder if it might be time to consider other outstanding science bloggers who don’t look like me, PZ Myers, or Dave Munger (who all look the same, btw – we have never been seen all three at the same time.).
So dear readers of our quiet little corner of ScienceBlogs, who might you suggest out there that might increase the diversity of this bloggy consortium?